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Número de periodistas encarcelados en máximo récord
December 15, 2020 - El número de periodistas encarcelados globalmente alcanzó un nuevo máximo en 2020 cuando los gobiernos reprimieron coberturas sobre Covid-19 o agitación política, según el Comité para la Protección de Periodistas (CPJ).
The number of journalists in prison around the world this year has reached a record high of 274 (as of Dec 1, 2020), up from around 250 in 2019.
Political unease and protests, mostly fuelled by the coronavirus pandemic, were the cause of many arrests in 2020 – the most being made in China, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
The report lays some blame at the feet of U.S. President Donald Trump, whose anti-journalism “fake news” rhetoric over the last few years has emboldened authoritarian regimes to crack down on reporting in their own countries.
Globally, 34 journalists were jailed for “false news” in 2020, compared with 31 in 2019, with at least two dying from Covid-19 while in custody, the CPJ said.
67% of those imprisoned were charged with anti-state crimes such as terrorism, while 19% were detained without charge.
Of those arrested, 87% are men and 13% are women.